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Below is a family biography included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published by W. H. Beers & Co. in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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LEVI STALEY, farmer; P. O. Alcony; born in Miami Co. March 27, 1840; is a son of Elias and Hannah (Ritter) Staley, who were natives of Maryland, the ancestry supposed to have been from Switzerland; the father removed from Maryland to Ohio in about 1802, and, in quite an early day, became a citizen of Bethel Township, this county, where he lived and died; they were parents of seven children, of whom four are now living, viz., Simon, Andrew, John and Levi. Mr. Staley, our subject, lived with his father till after his majority; in 1867, he was united in marriage with Ann Thompson, daughter of Mark and Rebecca Thompson, who were natives of New York State; they were parents of seven children, of whom six are now living, viz., Eleanor (now Widow Davis), William, Elmira (now Mrs. Bare), Ann, Giles T. and Minerva (now Mrs. Cromer); Mr. Staley and wife have one child— Newton Kiefer. Mr. Staley, after his marriage, located upon the farm where he now resides; he has 193 acres of land, of which 160 are in cultivation, with good improvements attached.

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This family biography is one of 964 biographies included in The History of Miami County, Ohio published in 1880 by W. H. Beers & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Miami County, Ohio History and Genealogy

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